Yala National Park is 309 Km south of Colombo on the southeast of the Island. It is well known for its biggest, extensive the area of 1.259sq km, and for its best wildlife preservation in the country. with it considerable size, the terrain of the national park is varied from flat plains to rocky outcrops. the vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. There are also abundance of water supply for animals and birds ranging from waterholes, stream, small takes to lagoons. The national park is divided into yala west(also called Ruhuna)and yala East
Yala west or Ruhuna National park is now well recognized for the best park in the world to observe and photograph leopards. There are about 35 leopards in the park which propably is the highest density than anywhere in the world. It is possible to take one day jeep safari trip though the park although it takes you three days to see the entire park. The park is usually closed relatively late(almost 7.00am)therefore the chance to came across one of the leopards is quite high.